CNN was not happy that Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe's secret recordings he took of the network's editorial meetings for over two months.
Carlson subsequently talked about hypocrisy from Marcus Mabry, CNN's vice president of global programming. The CNN Communications Twitter addressed both Carlson and O'Keefe saying they had misidentified Mabry for CNN General Counsel David Vigilante in an audio recording.
James & Tucker, the voice you ID’d tonight as “Marcus Mabry” is actually GA resident & CNN General Counsel David Vigilante. We’re certain you’ll want to correct the record and apologize to the Black executive for assuming he was the voice raising concerns over white supremacy.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 2, 2020
But the mistake seemed to only be made on O'Keefe's part, not Carlson's.
Carlon's Twitter account responded to CNN PR's tweet, stating "This is a lie. We never ID'd any voice or aired audio recordings of CNN executives. Check out tonight's segment which is of Marcus Mabry on camera. Facts First, right?"
Here's tonight's open: https://t.co/FfZBncnSox— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) December 2, 2020
The CNN PR account also has threatened legal action against O'Keefe. The account tweeted, "Legal experts say this may be a felony. We‘ve referred it to law enforcement."
Legal experts say this may be a felony. We‘ve referred it to law enforcement.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 1, 2020
O'Keefe told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that his takeaway from the morning calls he recorded is that CNN is not a news network - it is "propaganda."
"This is something that doesn't shock people but confirms a lot of suspicions. To see the president of a media conglomerate barking orders at his reporters and journalists, telling them what to cover, what not to cover, that's not anything resembling journalism I know," O'Keefe said.